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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter
15-5-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Volunteer Area Neighbourhood Watch  Representative and  Administrator covering Oxford LPA. 
This weekly newsletter is for reading and/or sharing in entirety or copying and pasting. 
The index is available so you can read all or just the items of interest.  Any information, contributions and replies will be gratefully received.
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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch 
1) 21st Century
2) TVP Stall
Thames Valley Police
1) Smart motorways
2) Thames Valley Police Museum

TVP (Oxford)
1) Bonn Square
2) Barton

Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Oxford
2) East Oxford
Crime Prevention
1) Secure Your Home
2) Vehicle Crime
3) Bicycle Security

1) 30 Ways to stop scams
2) Text messages 
3) Amazon
4) Going online when you’re out and about
5) Updated data for suspicious emails

Oxfordshire County Council
1) Fix My Street

Oxford City Council
1) Empty Homes
2) Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP)
3) New Lord Mayor

General Information
1) Food Alert
2) StageCoach
3) Oxford Bus Company
4) GWR changes
5) Repair Cafes
6) Six Ways to Wellbeing
7) IT and Tech Support
8) Bereavement Support: Late Spring Oxfordshire
9) Step into Oxford
10) Car safety checks

1) 21st century
It is incumbent of all of us to stop the 'nosy neighbour' stereotype and promote that we can make changes in our communities by making them safer. This may include reporting to the police in order to help prevent further crimes, informing members about crime prevention -  if you need anything specific please reply below. Neighbourhood Watch members and Coordinators can take personal responsibility e.g. litter picking, reporting graffiti and community safety issues to the Council and also take responsibility for others e.g. being aware of our neighbours or groups needs. .

We live in the 21st century and there needs to be a change in stereotypical thinking. This is an excellent video to share to show that comments and behaviour accepted previously are no longer acceptable and should not be tolerated as the 'norm.' We can all play a small part in making a big change. Like Neighbourhood Watch schemes, start one today and you and your local area can make a difference - it is so easy to say 'I won't do it today' or 'It doesn't involve me'. Watch schemes belong to you and there is no specific demand for time or commitment but you will be asked to share information. Many of you are doing this within different groups - all we need is a person from a road or a group to coordinate that information to residents and to the elderly and vulnerable. 

1) Smart motorways
Smart motorways are up and running in many places across the country, including parts of the Thames Valley. What used to be the hard shoulder is now a fourth lane and there are overhead signs above the lanes. These will display important information such as variable speed limits and lane closures. 

It’s important that you obey these signs for your safety and that of other road users. You’ll see a red 'X' if a lane is closed. This can often be set far in advance of an incident to help those who are dealing with it. Make sure to leave gaps in the traffic to allow people to filter into an open lane. Driving in a closed lane could result in a fixed penalty of up to £100 and three points.
National Highways and Thames Valley Police will be carrying out enforcement on these roads.
2) Thames Valley Police Museum
The Thames Valley Police Museum is open on Wednesday mornings between 10.00am – 12.00pm you can pop along without making an appointment or paying a visitors’ fee.

The museum is based in the White House, at The Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Nr Reading, Berkshire, RG7 4DX.

The Museum’s collections include displays on the Great Train Robbery and the history of Thames Valley Police.

1) Bonn Square (Witness Appeal) (attachment)
Do you recognize this man?
We think he may have information about an assault that happened on 19 March nr Bonn Square between 11.10pm & 11.30pm.
If you have information or recognise the man in the image please call 101 or make a report online, quoting reference 43220122601.

2) Barton
Update on Barton investigation
We've made two further arrests in our ongoing murder investigation in Barton.
A 31-year-old man and 23-year-old woman have been arrested today on suspicion of assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice in connection with the death of 50-year-old Peter Crowley in Barton last month.
Full details here

 3) TVP Stall (attachment)
Photo taken at Eid Extravaganza with non-police in middle! The police are definitely getting taller or I'm getting smaller.
Help needed at Headington Festival for Neighbourhood Watch stall where TVP will also have stall.

City of Oxford
Many of you will know Neil Bouse who has been Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant for East Oxford team for the past six and half years. From May 16th Neil will be replacing James Sullivan (the Neighbourhood Policing Inspector who has now become the Deputy Area Commander for City) as the Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Oxford City. We wish him well in his new role and will continue to work with him. Neil will continue to have oversight of his previous team while awaiting a successor for the East Oxford NHPT Sergeant position.

East Oxford
PCSO Helen Duffield is moving from the City after 14 years of service and we would like to thank her for her service in East Oxford.
PC Ryan Tappin has recently joined the team and has been a PCSO in the City as well as being a member of the Response Team. We wish him well as he joins a dedicated neighbourhood policing team with PC Alex Locke, PCSOs Jacob Soanes, Grace Wiseman and Luke Pollard.

1) Secure your Home

2)  Vehicle Crime
There have been several reported incidents on social media of attempted car theft in Oxford
A lot of vehicle crime (thefts of and from vehicles and criminal damage to vehicles) goes unreported to police. Would you recognise when someone is behaving in a suspicious manner around a vehicle that you know doesn't belong to them?
The National Neighbourhood Watch network, OurWatch promotes safer, resilient communities by encouraging everyone to be vigilant and report suspicious activity. It launched Protect Your Car campaign. Find out more about how to reduce your own risk of your vehicle being targeted in crime and where your nearest Neighbourhood Watch scheme is at

3) Bike Security
Remember the R's for Bike Security.
Register it - Register your bike on The Police will check this database to help identify the rightful owner if they find bikes in the possession of a criminal or if left in the street. A bike carrying a database label or stamp is a highly effective visible deterrent to bike thieves, as they know that if they are caught with a registered bike they will be arrested as the owner can be traced by the police within seconds.
Record It - Remember to record as many details as possible about your bike such as make, model, size, colour, frame number ( normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in) plus any other distinguishing features and take a photo for reference.
Remove the removable bits - Take parts that are easy to remove with you, such as saddle or wheels. Alternatively, use locking skewers or nuts can increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently making it difficult for thieves to steal detachable parts.

1) 30 ways to stop scams

2) Text messages
If you received a call from someone you'd never spoken to before, telling you to transfer the entire contents of your bank account to them straightaway, you probably wouldn't do it.  And you'd almost certainly hang up.
But what if you receive a text message about a current event, for example, COVID-19?  It warns you that you’ve been in close contact with someone who has been isolating and includes a link to order a free test kit.  What if you click on the link, put in your details to order one and add your card details to pay a small delivery fee?
In a couple of almost unnoticeable steps, you would have become a victim of fraud. Criminals would have your card details and personal information to use again or sell.  
Other examples could be text messages supposedly from Royal Mail, a parcel delivery company or any trusted organisation, encouraging you to click a link.
Once they've got your details, fraudsters can take it one step further. For example, sometime later you might receive a call from someone claiming to be your Bank:
1. They tell you, you've been a victim of fraud, and you need to move your money out of your account quickly before it's stolen.
2. They seem convincing because they already know some of your information. That's the information you shared when you clicked the link in the text message.
3. You’re scared, stressed, and confused about the situation but pressured to act quickly.
4. What if, acting in fear, you transferred your money to new account details? The account wasn't in your name, but the fraudsters, posing as your bank, gave you convincing reasons to do so.

You would now have become a victim of impersonation fraud. 
Fraudsters are clever and manipulative.  If anyone claims to be from your Bank, HMRC or any trusted organisation, even the Police, and calls to tell you
to move your money, stop. End the call straight away and call your Bank using the number on the back of your card.

3) Amazon
We want to help protect you from scammers that attempt to impersonate Amazon. Remember these important clues so that you can identify scams and keep your account and information safe:
Never feel pressured to give information (such as your credit card number or account password) over the phone, especially if the call was unexpected. Scammers may try to use calls, texts, and emails to impersonate Amazon customer service. If you're ever unsure, it's safest to end the call/chat and reach out directly to customer support through the Amazon app or website.
Never pay over the phone. Amazon will never ask you to provide payment information, including gift cards (or “verification cards”, as some scammers call them) for products or services over the phone.
Trust Amazon-owned channels. Always go through the Amazon mobile app or website when seeking customer support or when looking to make changes to your account.
Be wary of false urgency. Scammers may try to create a sense of urgency to persuade you to do what they're asking. Be wary any time someone tries to convince you that you must act now.

4) Going online when you’re out and about
Top online safety tips for when you’re out and about

5) Updated SERS data since April 2020
The only reason I know the updated data is because I sent a suspicious email yesterday. Most go to spam but the occasional scam email goes to inbox usually relating to Yahoo account - apparently I need to pay money to keep my Yahoo account active.
As of 30th April 2022 the number of reports received stand at more than 11,500,000 with the removal of more than 81,000 scams across 147,000 URLs.

1) Fix My Street (a good resource)
Find and report road or street problems eg graffiti, fly tipping, pavement slabs or street lighting
a) Enter an Oxfordshire postcode or street name and area
b) Locate the problem on a map of the area
c) Enter details of the problem
d) Confirm the report and Oxfordshire County Council will investigate

1) Empty Homes
Oxford City has a severe housing shortage with approximately 3000 households in housing need and listed on the Council’s housing register. Letting agencies also advise of a shortage of houses to let. With an increase in recorded empty dwellings and additional housing need in supporting refugees, Oxford City needs your support.
 The Council can help with finding tenants and if work is required, assist with providing an Empty Home Loan or, if the property has been empty for over 2 years, a letter to confirm vacancy to present to HMRC for a VAT reduction on works from 20% to 5%.
 If you have an empty dwelling and you need advice and support please contact Melanie Mutch Empty Property Officer
For information about hosting Ukrainian Refugees in your property (whether empty or occupied) please see and search "Homes for refugee scheme"

2) Energy saving grants and offers- Local Energy Advice Programme

3) New Lord Mayor
Councillor James Fry is set to be sworn in as the new Lord Mayor of Oxford at the traditional annual mayor making ceremony on Wednesday 18 May, in Oxford Town Hall.
Guests and fellow councillors will watch the traditional ceremony in person, as the retiring Lord Mayor, Councillor Mark Lygo, officially steps down and hands over his chains of office to Councillor James Fry.
Councillor Mark Lygo will be appointed Deputy Lord Mayor and Councillor Mike Rowley will be appointed Sheriff.
Personally, I would also like to thank the outgoing Lord Mayor, Mark Lygo, who has been exemplary on setting examples for physical health and sport in the city with his MoveWithMayorMark  and also in his official support of the charities this year - Oxfordshire Mind, Ark-T and Wood Farm Youth Centre.

1) Food Alerts
a) Aldi recalls Eat + Go Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap and Eat + Go Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap Triple because of the possible presence of salmonella
b) Liroy B.V. recalls GY Chongqing Instant Noodle Hot and Sour Flavour because of undeclared milk
c) Pimlico Confectioners recalls Pimlico Confectioners Vegan Fine Hazelnut Truffles because of undeclared milk

2) Stagecoach
Changes to Oxford Hospital services 700, 800 and 900 from 9th May 2022
From 9th May 2022 we will be making some changes to our services which serve the JR Hospital and Churchill.

Services 700, 800 and 900 will be combined into one route. The new route will serve:
> Kidlington (anti-clockwise loop)
> Oxford Parkway Park & Ride
> John Radcliffe Hospital
> Oxford Brookes University
> Churchill Hospital (serving Roosevelt Drive and Churchill Hospital stop C3. We will no longer serve the current stops in use at the Churchill: C4,C5,C6,C7
> Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (serving Windmill Road stop N5. We will no longer serve the current stops in use N1, N3
> Thornhill Park & Ride.

The timetable will be extending with earlier and later departures to better suit shift times for staff and make it easier for people visiting patients.
The first journey to the JR will be at the following: 
0610 from Oxford Parkway (previously 0630 on 700)
0612 from Thornhill (previously 0630 on 800)  
The last journey from the JR will be at the following:

2020 to Oxford Parkway (previously 2015)
2025 to Thornhill (previously 1925)  
This new route will run up to every 30 minutes and provide better connections between all of the Oxford University Hospital sites. 

3) Oxford Bus Company
From 20th June 2022, service 46 will be operated by Oxford Bus Company, to a new route and timetable.
This service will be operated by Oxford Bus Company, in partnership with Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and Oxfordshire County Council.
The 46 will provide an hourly service from 0700 to 0000 every day between Oxford City Centre and Great Milton, via Abingdon Road, Florence Park, Templars Square, Horspath and Wheatley.
New connections will be provided in Oxford, with more frequent services between Templars Square in Cowley and Florence Park, and the return of a direct bus connecting the Abingdon Road, Iffley Road, Florence Park and Templars Square.

4) GWR changes
Dear Maggie
 A quick reminder that our timetable changes from Sunday (15 May). All the changes are in online journey planners, and we will be issuing traditional and social media to remind customers to check their journey before travel. 
You may also have seen that Transport for London have announced that the Elizabeth Line will come into passenger service on 24th May with 12 trains per hour operating between Paddington and Abbey Wood from Monday to Saturday 06:30 to 23:00. Customers travelling between Reading or Heathrow into London will need to change at Paddington for services into the central section of the route. Services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield will connect with the central tunnels in autumn when frequencies will also be increased to 22 trains per hour in the peak between Paddington and Whitechapel.
The new railway will connect stations such as Paddington to Canary Wharf in only 17 minutes, transforming how Londoners and visitors navigate the capital. This journey currently takes more than 30 minutes to complete using the Tube.
Best wishes
Mark Hopwood CBE | Managing Director | Great Western Railway
Milford House | 1 Milford Street | Swindon | SN1 1HL

5) Repair cafes
Repair cafes are regular events where people can bring along broken household items to be fixed and also learn how to fix them with the help of a volunteer. As well as reducing waste, these events facilitate the sharing of skills within communities and raise awareness around the social and environmental impacts of over consumption. To find more about a Repair Café in your area visit

6) Six Ways to Wellbeing
Research shows that there are six everyday behaviours that we can engage in, which indirectly promotes wellbeing. They are: • Connect - Connect with the people around you. • Be Active - Step outside, go for a walk. Exercise makes you feel good. • Take Notice - Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Awareness also enhances your self understanding and allows you to make positive choices. • Keep Learning - Try something new. Learning through life, enhances self– esteem and encourages social interactions. • Give – Do something nice for someone else. • Care - Care for the planet, look after your community and your world and make small changes that will also help reduce your energy use, and small steps to a greener life can make a great difference. 

7) IT & Tech Support
Age UK Oxfordshire and our team of volunteers can support you to develop your skills to be involved safely online, informed and to stay digitally connected. Whether you need help with your phone, computer or tablet, Join us at; • Westgate Library, Oxford every 4th Tuesday 2pm-4pm - Starting Tuesday 26th April 2022 Call: 01235 849434 Email:

8) Bereavement Support: Late Spring Oxfordshire
An opportunity for those aged 60+ who have been bereaved, to meet together with others who have lost a loved one, providing a chance to talk and gain mutual comfort and support. In Oxford City, a group will be taking place in the city Contact us on 01235 849 434 for more information. For further details on a your local group, contact us on 01235 849 434

9) Step into Oxford
Age UK Oxfordshire has teamed up with the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides and the Oxford Hub, offering a morning or afternoon walk, followed by an opportunity to sit and chat with others over a cup of tea or coffee. Walks are open to anyone over the age of 50. You’ll take a gentle stroll through the stunning famous sights of Oxford, led by a professional guide. All of these walks are FREE to join and are taking place twice a month until the end of July 2022. Contact Petra on 01235 849434 or email to book your place. 

10) Car safety checks you can do yourself as annual MOT is considered to be dropped
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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford )
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